Google teams with Johnson & Johnson on surgical robots

Google and Johnson & Johnson will be collaborating on the development of surgical robots intended for assistance in operating rooms.

There seems to be no shortage -- let alone limits -- on how many projects Google has going on. Two of the verticals where the Internet giant has been pushing to innovate lately include healthcare and robotics.

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In a stroke of multi-tasking requiring much heavy-handed genius, Google is tapping into both initiatives near to its heart in a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson.

More specifically, the Android maker will be working with Ethicon, a medical device company within the Johnson & Johnson portfolio.

Google and Ethicon will be collaborating on the development of surgical robots intended for assistance in operating rooms.

Robotic-assisted surgery could provide surgeons with greater control, access and accuracy minimizing trauma and scarring as well as post-surgical healing for patients, according to the pharmaceutical and consumer goods conglomerate in a statement on Friday.

The life sciences team at Google followed up in a separate statement, suggesting "it could be possible to develop real-time image analysis capabilities that help surgeons see better; software could help to highlight blood vessels or nerves or tumor margins that are difficult to see with the naked eye."

"By bringing together Google's expertise in computer science and imaging technology with Ethicon's expertise in surgical instrumentation and medicine, we hope to someday improve the experience of both surgeons and patients in the operating room," said Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google.

Beyond just a partnership sharing brainpower, there is a significant financial agreement as well.

However, financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015.

Google has been steadily building up its pile of robotics and drones with a number of acquisitions over the last two years, including Boston Dynamics in December 2013 and Titan Aerospace in April 2014.

The first peek into these ventures popped up in August with the unveiling of Project Wing, Google's drone delivery prototype that could someday rival Amazon's Prime Air.

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